Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alcohol News - 30/2017

Prospect (Scotland) - I fought for minimum alcohol prices in Scotland—here’s why England needs them too
In 2012 the Scottish parliament passed the measure overwhelmingly—but it has been subject to legal challenges ever since. This week, the Supreme Court will give its verdict. A huge amount is at stake.
The Guardian (UK) - Sport and sunshine fuel surge in UK supermarket alcohol sales
Britons have downed £158m more alcohol in the last three months compared with 2016, as they enjoyed sunny weather and a string of major sporting events including Wimbledon, the British and Irish Lions rugby tour and the British Grand Prix.
National Health Executive (UK) - Doctors call for alcohol pricing reform to cut £17bn NHS drinking cost
Doctors have this week called for the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in the UK after it was revealed that drink could kill 63,000 people and cost the NHS almost £17bn over the next five years.
BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol minimum pricing appeal begins at Supreme Court
The UK's highest court has begun hearing the latest appeal against minimum pricing for alcohol.
Medical News Bulletin - Moderate Alcohol Consumption Linked to Decline in Cognition & Brain Volume
Researchers recently discovered that alcohol consumption, even in moderate amounts, causes a decline in brain volume and cognitive ability. This disproves the myth that alcohol can actually have a protective effect if consumed in moderation. The implications of this research are immense considering alcohol’s global ubiquity.
News-Medical.net - Study examines prevalence, types of secondhand harm from alcohol among college undergraduates
It's no secret that university life often includes alcohol use, which can sometimes cause harm. Yet harm can also extend beyond the drinker, such as "secondhand harm" that is caused by intoxicated people: accidents or domestic, physical, or sexual violence; interrupted sleep or property destruction; and arguments, problems with relationships, or financial problems.
The Advertiser (Australia) - Teens drink less if they know alcohol causes cancer — but most don’t
TEENS are less likely to drink if they know that alcohol is a major cause of cancer, but most are unaware of the link, a South Australian study has found.
BBC News (UK) - School exclusions: Record numbers for drugs and alcohol
A record number of school exclusions were issued to pupils last year for drug and alcohol related issues, new statistics reveal.
Medscape - Aldosterone Hormone Linked to Alcohol Use, Cravings
Novel findings show a link between the steroid hormone aldosterone and a risk for alcohol use disorder, underscoring the role of neuroendocrine mechanisms in alcohol cravings and in potential treatments, new research shows.
The Nation (Thailand) - Police launch campaign against social media posts with celebrities encouraging alcohol use
Police will monitor Thai social media to punish any actors, “net idols”, or celebrities who pose messages and pictures inviting others to drink alcoholic beverages. There is a fine of Bt50,000-Bt200,000 for publicly encouraging alcohol consumption under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Drugs and alcohol: putting health centre-stage
One in four adults in the Republic have taken an illegal drug at least once in their lifetime. Drug use among young people is on the rise, while there are up to 1.35 million harmful drinkers here. These are the challenging statistics against which the new national drug strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, is set.
Express.co.uk - Alcohol-free planes? Rise in antisocial behaviour on flights could see a ban on BOOZE
Alcohol on planes could be a thing of the past if travellers continue to get drunk before boarding. A rise in antisocial behaviour on flights means regular disruptions, at a cost to the travellers and the industry.
The Baltic Course (EU) - European SocMins: steps must be taken to alleviate damage from alcohol
Health ministers of the Party of European Socialists (PES) have called for more cooperation between member states of the European Union to strengthen the fight against the harmful use of alcohol in Europe, informs LETA/BNS.
Corporate Europe Observatory - Big Tobacco and right-wing US billionaires funding anti-regulation hardliners in the EU
Since the start of this year, two curious new groups have set up shop in Brussels: the Consumer Choice Center and an EU branch of the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (Forest EU).

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